Asian Cultural Center of Vermont (ACCVT) presents the 16th Annual
Lunar New Year Festival of Vietnam, Korea and China
- At Brattleboro Museum, 10 Vernon St., downtown Brattleboro.
- Sunday, February 18, 2018, 1:00 – 3:00pm
- 16th annual celebration in southeastern Vermont
- All ages, all welcome!
- It’s a potluck! Bring hors d’oeuvres, appetizers or refreshments to share and sample a wide variety of Asian and non-Asian treats.
- Try singing a New Year’s song from East Asia.
- A reflection table – share your reflections for the year.
- An Asian crafts table including New Year calligraphy as paper collage
- T’ai chi – try following along – for whole-body wellness – no prior experience needed
- Korean rope-tug fun.
- Dance with the 30-foot Vietnamese Dragon. The dragon dance goes outside for a loop-walk out via Main Street, a 10-minute parade.
- This enormous marionette, requiring at least 9 people to hold it, is forever chasing the ‘heavenly pearl’ according to Chinese folklore. The pearl is symbolized by a wire globe mounted on a staff and decorated with tiny bells.
- Seth Harter, Director of Asian Studies at Marlboro College, brought this extraordinary dragon back from the village of an accomplished Vietnamese craftsman. During the rest of the year, the dragon ‘lives’ at the Marlboro College.
- You don’t have to be Asian or know anything about Asia to participate! No prior experience needed for these activities!
- A free event, with donations appreciated to help with the costs of event.
- Press release/Sound Bite: “We are celebrating a free multicultural festival: Lunar New Year of Vietnam, Korea, China and Japan. (16th annual here). Somehow we would also like find a way to honor Tibetan New Year, Losar which occurs at the same time. Sunday the 18th, hosted thanks to Brattleboro Museum, there will be a Vietnamese dragon on parade, tai chi for all (no prior experience needed) a Korean rope tug, Li Fei Osborne leading us in China dances of the minority Yi people, a potluck meal, and more. All those countries and cultures have their own names for the Festival and variation abounds in how it’s observed. ACCVT draws together this community of arts-vibrant Brattleboro and the surrounding tristate area as one extended family sharing a potluck meal and activities for all ages, finding common ground in everyone’s need for renewal in their lives, Asian and non-Asian, all welcome.” – Adam Silver, Exec. Dir., ACCVT
- Images from previous Brattleboro Lunar New Year festivals: